DENTON (UNT), Texas — Two University of North Texas students — Hannah McDonald, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying English language arts, and Rania Salman, a doctoral candidate in the College of Education’s Department of Teacher Education and Administration —were awarded scholarships from Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind.,Kappa Delta Pi was established to further excellence in education and leadership. Each spring, the organization offers scholarship opportunities to active undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree-seeking students, along with professional members of the organization from around the world.
McDonald was awarded the $1,000 Sandra Jo Hornick Scholarship for undergraduate students. McDonald joined Kappa Delta Pi in January 2012 and served as an officer and social chairman. Salman, who is also a recruiter and undergraduate program advisor for the College of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology, was awarded the $3,500 Hollis L. Caswell Laureate Scholarship for her dissertation research entitled, The (Mis)Representation of the Middle East and Its People in Elementary School Social Studies Textbooks: A Postcolonial Analysis. Salman submitted her dissertation proposal as her writing sample for the scholarship application. She defended her proposal in February 2013 and should be completing her research next year.
“I chose this dissertation topic because I feel the geography and varied cultures of the Middle East are not accurately presented in textbooks,” Salman said. “How people are represented, or more importantly, misrepresented, is a significant problem, and not just for Arab children or Arab people, but for all people.”
About UNT’s College of Education
UNT’s College of Education prepares students to contribute to the advancement of education, health and human development. Founded in 1890 as a teacher’s training college, UNT now enrolls more than 4,000 students in the College of Education, which consists of four departments — counseling and higher education; educational psychology; kinesiology, health promotion and recreation; and teacher education and administration. UNT’s College of Education certifies about 1,000 teachers a year — making it the largest producer of new teachers in the north Texas region. Students are also prepared for careers as researchers, counselors, leaders, physical activity and health promotion specialists, child development and family studies specialists and more.
About Kappa Delta Pi
Founded in 1911, Kappa Delta Pi, is a dynamic learning community that recognizes and enhances growth in scholars and leaders. The society’s vision is advanced through:
- Recognizing and confirming the status of scholars and educators to achieve and sustain preeminence in teaching, scholarship and service;
- Focusing on effectively addressing the needs of members through the phases of their careers as scholars and educators; andProviding an energetic, diverse learning community that enhances professional growth through high-quality programs, services and products.